worldwide organization

Young Men's Christian Association (or the YMCA or the Y) is an organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It was originally meant to put Christian principles into practice. It was founded in 1844 in London, England, United Kingdom. At first, the organization provided beds and shelter to young men leaving the countryside for work in the cities. It promotes Muscular Christianity.

Founded6 June 1844; 179 years ago (1844-06-06)
FounderSir George Williams
Founded atLondon, England
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
Region served
Patricia Pelton
Secretary General
Carlos Sanvee
First YMCA in Canada in Montreal, Quebec
Self-defence classes at YMCA in Boise, Idaho, 1936

Basketball was invented in an American YMCA.

The similar Young Women's Christian Association or YWCA was founded in 1870.

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